Blood Trails in the Rubble

More photos from recent game night. Matt brought a friend, so we used our simple Cleared To Engage home-brew rules and kept the mission a straight-up brawl: two teams recovery teams battling through urban ruins for a crashed VTOL’s black box.

Heresy troopers and an old VOID grav bike formed the NorAm team while MERCS KemVar (and another I-Kore grav-bike) acted as a hostile rapid reaction force. The NorAm crew advanced strong and seized the objective. The stunningly poor KV dice rolls made the evening humorous, and more important, the newcomer had fun. He said he’ll be back, so it’s worth the humiliation.

Here’s some shots taken the morning after. And a couple of a Hansa Nairobi model from Warlord Games’ “Gates of Antares” range. Have two of those models now. This one will be leading a squad of Concord soldiers to make a generic skirmish force.

Urban Ruins on Deep Cut Studios game mat.
Urban Ruins on Deep Cut Studios game mat.
Heresy Troopers modified to resemble MERCS CCC Yellow Jackets
Heresy Troopers modified to resemble MERCS CCC Yellow Jackets
Jungle Ninja skills don't work in the big city
Jungle Ninja skills don’t work in the big city
Hey diddle diddle, straight up the middle.
Hey diddle diddle, straight up the middle.
Heresy trooper figs. You need some of these. Yes, you do.
Heresy trooper figs. You need some of these. Yes, you do.
They look cool, anyway.
They look cool, anyway.
You think an assassin AND a grenadier could take out one lousy flamethrower specialist, but Nooooooo
You think an assassin AND a grenadier could take out one lousy flamethrower specialist, but Nooooooo

Hansa Nairobi

Great miniature. Wish I had a squad of similar cyber-enhanced troopers.
Great miniature. Wish I had a squad of similar cyber-enhanced troopers.
Kev White sculpt, IIRC.
Kev White sculpt, IIRC.

New Items for Sale

Funding the cover of my next book. (Number Two in the Clar1ty Wars series) Prices include secure packing and insured shipping in the ConUS. Interested parties from Overseas, please contact me for an exact quote. More pictures and details on the For Sale page

Family shot
Family shot
family shot
family shot
Tohaa Chaska with repainted AT43 COG walker
Tohaa Chaska with repainted AT43 COG walker

SOLD

a mixed and motley crew
a mixed and motley crew

Black Friar’s new ride

Picked up a Khurasan Miniatures Polecat Armored Utility Vehicle for my Black Friar private security team. Gorgeous little vehicle, zero bubbles, flash, mold lines. All I did was swap out the turret for something a little more low-profile and it’s ready to roll. Figs by Hasslefree, drone by RAFM. (with slight mods) A few more HF Moderns troopers and a walker-type heavy vehicle perhaps and this Skirmish Set is complete. Another Bat Rep on the way. Click for larger images.

Happy Gaming.

Black Friar Principles with Polecat and Switchblade aerial drone.
Black Friar Principles with Polecat and Switchblade aerial drone.
BLACK FRIAR SECURITY. Hasslefree figs with RAFM drone.
BLACK FRIAR SECURITY. Hasslefree figs with RAFM drone.
Full crew with new ride.
Full crew with new ride.

Puppet Wars Troopers, part 2

Next and final segment on Puppet Wars 28mm resin troopers. (Scroll down for Pt 1) Sorry no WIP shots for my usual fast and dirty brushwork. Simple prime, drybrush, details, inks, more details, bases, then seal. Good for table top standard. WW2 is next on the game schedule, but I’ll break out the Interior Boards soon and run these guys through their paces.

As you can see, the figs are slimmer than usual sci fi infantry, on par with much of the Infinity range. Hope the comparison shots help.

Here are pixs:

Squad 1
Squad 1
Squad 2
Squad 2
L->R: LAM, PW, DG, GW
L->R: LAM, PW, DG, GW
L->R: GW, PW, MERCS
L->R: GW, PW, MERCS
Foundry and PW NCO
Foundry and PW NCO
PW and GW close up
PW and GW close up
Full team
Full team

Oct20 Latest Brushwork

Concentrating on the new Puppet Wars figs, all I’ve managed to finish are a pair of Support Drones for my RusEnergia crew (modified Mercs USCR) and a metal Capt Brother Stern to add to my small metal space marine collection. (An old metal Dreadnought just arrived in the mail, so that’s in the queue)

Indirect Fire Support for the Steel Glacier
Indirect Fire Support for the Steel Glacier
Have to find a Barrage template
Have to find a Barrage template
Use as Anti-Air as well?
Use as Anti-Air as well?
Capt. Brother 'I'm a walking gothic accessory display' Stern
Capt. Brother ‘I’m a walking gothic accessory display’ Stern
Have to work on my freehand brushwork.
Have to work on my freehand brushwork.

Game Night 8/27

So I’m getting a little jealous of the camera on my buddy’s phone. And I lost this time, which rubs salt in the wound. It’s kinda pissing me off.

OK, got that out of the way.

Any recommendations on a decent digital camera for minis?

All our recent games have been straight up brawls, what with my friend wrapping his head around game mechanics and familiarizing with his Haqq force. So there’s not much narrative for a Bat-Rep. Unless you count, “Advance to contact, then slug it out.” He won this game using his rocket launcher specialist to pop in and destroy the Comms relay station.

Here are some pictures:

Drone activates first
Drone activates first

This shot is one of the reasons I love gaming.

Even though the Kem Var lost, this was my MVP.
Even though the Kem Var lost, this was my MVP.
You'll never take me alive!
You’ll never take me alive!

Grenadier advances AFTER Drone takes out mono-bikes. Smart...
Grenadier advances AFTER Drone takes out mono-bikes. Smart…
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Drone Support and various Covert Ops teams

One of the things the Infinity rules got correct IMO, was the proliferation of drones and remote-controlled units down on the tactical/skirmish level. I look for some form of drone support for all my 28mm sci fi skirmish teams now. I think the aesthetic worked for the jungle ninjas of Kem Var here.

Infinity Drone added to MERCS Kem Var team
Infinity Drone added to MERCS Kem Var team
Might have to battle-test this TOE on Tues eve.
Might have to battle-test this TOE on Tues eve.

MERCS have released 7th members for their various factions. Picked up the KW assassin off eBay the other week.

New MERC Keizai Waza fig front row, far right. Cause nuthing sez 'assassin' like a chick with a katana.
New MERC Keizai Waza fig front row, far right. Cause nuthing sez ‘assassin’ like a chick with a katana.

Black Friar Security with lightly armed recon drone.

Ghost Recon Alpha?
Ghost Recon Alpha?

My proxy Yellow Jackets CCC MERCS team. Used Heresy Miniatures Sci Fi troopers. Great service, great product, great guy. (I need a few more Trenchcoat Gangers to finish off my set)

Note to self: add decal on shoulder/knee pads.
Note to self: add decal on shoulder/knee pads.

Made an Eshu International skirmish crew using USCR MERCS figs for the Triplets, various Infinity figs for Poet9, Jace and Tam, and added in a DP9 drone for Poet9.

Eshu International crew
Eshu International crew

Not a GW fan but nostalgia demands a set of METAL Space Marines. Here they are in all their power-armor, purity seal, skull-laden glory. I’m stalking eBay for a few more to round out the collection.

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